Camp Coaching Staff
The 2014 Texas Softball Team
Head Coach Connie Clark
In 19 varsity seasons, head coach Connie Clark has positioned Texas softball firmly on the national map.
Since its ascension to varsity status in 1997, Texas has emerged as one of the most dominant softball programs in the nation under the direction of Clark. In only 16 seasons as a varsity program, Clark - the 1987 Broderick National Softball Player of the Year as a collegian - has led UT to five Women's College World Series appearances (1998, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2013), 13 NCAA Tournament appearances (1998-2000, 2002-03, 2005-12), five Big 12 Conference Tournament titles (1999, 2002, 2003 and 2005) and four Big 12 regular-season titles (2002, 2003, 2006 and 2010). In fact, Texas' appearance in the 1998 WCWS - in just its second varsity season - still ranks as the quickest arrival at the NCAA Division I softball "Elite Eight" tournament in the history of the sport.
Texas is at the forefront of the national and international softball scene. Clark has produced one national player of the year (three times), eight All-Americans, six Academic All-Americans and countless All-Big 12 honorees.
The Longhorns can also claim two Olympic gold medalists (pitchers Cat Osterman and Christa Williams), and a total of six national and junior national team members, including current Longhorn Taylor Hoagland, with four members of the 2006 Texas squad (Tina Boutelle, Meagan Denny, Osterman and Desiree Williams) being part of that group.
Clark's peers have taken notice of her work in Austin, voting her the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006 and 2010. For Clark and her assistants' efforts developing the Texas program, the coaching staff was honored as the 2006 NFCA Midwest Region coaching Staff of the Year after being named the 2003 Speedline/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Coaching Staff of the Year.
In the last 16 years, her Texas players have earned three USA Softball National Player of the Year Awards (Cat Osterman in 2003, 2005 and 2006), two Honda Awards (Osterman in 2005 and 2006) and a total of 17 All-America honors. Clark had at least one athlete earn NFCA All-America honors in each of the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, including Osterman, who is the program's first four-time All-American.
Clark, a standout athlete in her playing days, has been associated with national-caliber softball programs everywhere she has been. As an assistant coach at Florida State (1990-95), Clark helped build the Seminoles into a national softball power and led FSU to four appearances in the NCAA Women's College World Series and to five NCAA Regional appearances.
Clark was an outstanding pitcher in her own right, leading softball powerhouse Cal State Fullerton to the NCAA Women's College World Series title as a junior in 1986.
A three-time All-America pitcher, Clark posted a 20-2 record with 197 strikeouts in 155.1 innings while leading the nation with a 0.18 earned run average in 1986. The following year, Clark posted a 33-5 record with 32 complete games, 19 shutouts and 261 strikeouts in 283 innings, earning the Broderick Award as National Softball Player of the Year. Clark's career ERA of 0.37 as a Titan places her in the top 10 for career ERA in Division I softball.
Camp Director Shanna Diller
This is Shanna Diller’s third year serving as special assistant on head coach Connie Clark’s staff. Diller joins the Texas program after spending the last 2 years as the Assistant Director of Marketing for the University of Illinois Athletic Department. As a player, Diller spent three seasons in the National Pro Fastpitch League, playing for the Rockford Thunder and the Tennessee Diamonds. In 2009, Diller helped lead the Rockford Thunder to the NPF Championship title. Diller played collegiately for the University of Illinois where she was an All-Big 10 First Team selection in 2008 and Third Team selection in 2005 and 2007.
Assistant Coach Corrie Hill
Corrie Hill is in her tenth season as an assistant coach at Texas. Hill oversees and directs all aspects of the Longhorns' offense and also serves as bench coach during games. In 2010, Hill coached the Longhorns' hitters to the best offensive season in program history, including a Big 12-record 88 home runs. The Horns' offense paced UT to the 2010 Big 12 Conference title and its sixth-consecutive NCAA regional appearance. Texas set new single-season marks in batting average (.313), slugging percentage (.545), on-base percentage (.393), runs scored (322), home runs, runs batted in (291) and total bases (807). The records marked the third-straight season that Hill had coached the Horns to a new team records in home runs and on-base percentage.Hill coached the Longhorns' hitters to new single-season records in hits (471), doubles (79), and walks (204) in 2009. In her first four seasons at UT, Hill's hitters ballooned opponents ERA's over 3.50, marking the highest opponent ERA in a four-year span since the program's inception. During 2007, Hill's hitters notched 42 home runs and a .406 slugging percentage. Texas also recorded a .342 on-base percentage, while the hitters' patience netted the Horns a then-school record 153 walks. In her first season in 2006, Texas saw its offensive production improve dramatically. Texas more than tripled its home run output from a year before, hammering 46 home runs, compared to only 15 roundtrippers during the 2006 season. The added offense that Hill has brought to the Longhorns helped UT earn its second consecutive trip to the Women's College World Series in 2006, a Big 12 regular-season title in 2006 and trips to the NCAA Regional in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Following the 2006 season, Hill and the Texas coaching staff were named the 2006 NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Assistant Coach Jennifer McFalls
Jennifer McFalls enters her fifth year as an assistant coach on Connie Clark's staff at Texas. McFalls joins the Texas staff after spending the last five seasons as the head coach and assistant athletics director at Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Texas. During her tenure at MHS she posted a 139-48 record and led her team to five-straight playoff appearances. In addition to her duties at Midlothian, McFalls has been active with USA Softball, serving on the USA Softball selection committee from 2005-10 and recently serving as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2010 Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship where she coached current Longhorn Blaire Luna. McFalls has had two previous stints as a collegiate assistant coach, serving one season at the University of Oklahoma from 1997-98 and three seasons at Texas A&M University from 1995-97. Following her tenure at OU, she spent five years working in softball clinics, television, personal training and motivational speaking.
As a player, McFalls won a gold medal as a member of Team USA at the 2000 Olympics where she scored the game-winning run in the gold medal game. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1994-2000, helping her teams to a gold medal in the 1999 Pan American Games and a gold medal at the 1998 World Championships. McFalls played collegiately for Texas A&M where she earned first-team All-America honors as a shortstop in 1993 and led the Aggies in batting average, hits, total bases and slugging percentage in all four seasons of her career. In 1994 she was named the school's Female Athlete of the Year and in 2001 she was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame.
Other coaching staff members will include experienced high school and college coaches.
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